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Day
21
Month
July
Year
1972
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"The politics ol the f ree concert inovcnwnt were simple: self detemwhition (we wil decide what we need and how we wtll ohtain it lor ourselves) and seh 'rel ie anee (we will provide foi our own needs and light lor our .ight to do so). Jhr city wjs trying to sny that peope in our community didn't need the (ree concerts. thut we wouldn't be allowed to have the trac concerts, and that we would he arrested for even trying to make our nitisic happen lor f ree in the parks." John Sinclair We'vc come a long way with the pnk program since the cotuiiliotis n the above statement were historically tiuc. Issues W33 and 34 of the Sun contain a twO-part histoiy of the Paik Piogram which goes hack to 1967 by John S. which are still available. But the pomt is, we won out with the city and foict;d them to recognie our new emeiging culture as a viable part of the community that would not be snuffed by a few city ordinancBS and attitudes The Paik Piogiam is a killei example of self-deteimination and self-reliance foi rainbow people every Sunday afternoon. The level of organization gets higher all the time, as does the level of problems involved, but we prove ovei and over that we are a new people with new ways of dealing with the old problems left to us by honk culture. The Paik Piogiam is intimately bound to a number of other thinys developing in the cummunity, foi example the People's Balhoom and the Tiibal Council People's Commttees like the Ptople's Food Committee which is helping piovide the food each week; hopefully the Park can be a hooking up point for people who feel it's time to start participating consciously instead of merely de facto in the development of a new community of people in Ann Arbor. There are a whole lot of aspects of the Park Program that make it such a killer thing every week. This year the music is much better than last year as far as mixing wellknown with brand new bands, so that people are up on their feet and dancing and really diggin it. The PA system by Vulcan Sound is amazing. Rangers have had experience with organizing the stage now too so the whole music thing runs pretty smoothly. The speaking between music needs still more organization, but that is happening as everything else gets more together. We're trying to make sure that information gets out about drugs and related problems and things are at in the park, as well as allowing time for community speakers to talk about what's happening and to announce anything that has to be commumcated at the moment. This whole aspect is progressing rapidly with the killer new development this year of live broadcasting over WIMRZ-FM every Sunday from now on! Thu is being organized hy the People's Communications Committee of the Tribal Council and promises to develop iato one of the most together community programming for radio in the whole country! If it happens that a whole concert is rained out there will still be a People's Communications Committee show for people to relate to and hear the news of the week and killer jams and interviews, itc. Perhaps one of the clearest examples of self-determination tion is the development of the Psychedelic Rangers. BAck around 1969 it looked sometimes like there were more pólice than people at the Park and it couldn't go on like that. After the South University Street riots in 1969 there were many hours of negotiations and serious contemplation trying to figure out how to deal with the problems facing us. Now we have a group of about 60 Psychedelic Rangers that work every week outside and inside the Park to be dealing with all the problems the pólice would have had to blunder about and try to deal with. Outside the Park the Rangers deal with traffic control, parking and like that, and inside our main concern has been to be aroir d to help anyone with cut f eet or heat stroke or drug related freak outs or sicknesses. We've been pretty successful over the years in seeking out the bogus dope dealers in the crowd who deal downed out control drugs like heroin, PCP, Quaalude and so-called THC (which is never we make it as clear as possible that we want people to get high and dance and have a good time and that we concider downedout drugs to be a direct threat to our community that we won't tolérate. The second part of this article is all about the Drug Help tent and the things they want to teil you about. We're doing our best to dfvelop a bunch of Rangers that aren't on any ki d of authority trip at all, but are very much into coming up with new ways to deal with the old problems and are just young freaks like most everyone else in the Park. We have weekly meetings with a core group of pwople where we study first-aid and drug help and talk together about what we're doing. We are expanding by having workshops all during the day on Sunday mvolving small groups of Rangers from outside thu park as well as anyone in the crowd who wants to. Anyone interested can come to the Park 11:30 am. ariy Sunday morning. We have to thank the Citizens' Band Radio people here for making their time and equipment avjilabfe lu us to facilítate the Communications between Rangers wjy out on the road or parking lots and inside the Park they were there all last year too. And it sure does help out There are only a couple more things to mention. Every week the Rangers particípate in a bucket drive to raise the rnoney needed (o do the whole thmg. We never have enough money to do ai! the goovy thmys wc would dig to do lo mak e it a totally otasight program -but we have to have ai least enough lo pay for th; portable toilets and to give the Rangers money (outside Rangers get $5 and inside Rangers get 33 every Sunday), mitial money ís put out for the food and we buy batte ries for the communestions radios, and there are always other expen;s. We don't have to pay toi a pollutmy g tor any more since etectricity running in there was a must and i run in on power lints the Blues and Ja? Festival will be at the and will need it too anyway. There are a couple of problems that we have to V asking people to help us with. For example, the garbage itrocious. Especially cigarette butts and Sluminum ring tops are lapidly forming a carpt that onlyWE can prevent. There is poison ivy in the woods. People have to keep off the scafolding so the people running the PA can do it with mmmum problems and wornes. Please don't shoot off fireworkiin the woods or any where It's a diag for so many people to hear sounds like that when for exampie one year we had a stiuation where someone got shot. The last thing I want to say is that Otis Spann Memorial Field is our park for this year and suggestions have come forth that we build a children's playground out of donated equipment and whatever stuff we can get. But what we've got to do is get a sense of our park and start keeping t clean and together as we can. It IS reliance and self-determination we are trying to build in the rainbow community and it all starts when we do it. The following article is a good example of what we're talking .about. "I don't need no doctor, 'cause I know what's ailing me." -HurtíePie There are very few people who are able to make that statement. It's unfortunate, but true, that few of us really know how to take care of ourselves, medically. All too often, we look to those "magical" few who know enough about medicine and firstaid for help. In a community like ours, it seems ctucial that we learn how to take car of ourselve-that means leaming how to keep ourselves healthy and how to help our brothers and sisters do the same. Every Sunday, there are concerts out at Otis 3pann Memorial Field. Right there, for the four hours the con certs go on, we are a community united. If we can't take care of ourselves for four hours while we're all together, we can't expect to be able to take care of oursleves at other times as a functioning, widespread community. And we aren't taking care of ourselves at these concerts medically. Each week, trn.ny people need help f rom the Medical Tent and I assume this is because many people just don't have any background in forstaid. So, briefly, l'd like to explain some health oriented things relevant to the Sunday concerts in the hope that we can start look ing out for one another, and so that no one hurts themselves purely out of ignorance. Heat & Sun-There is little shade out at Otis Spann Field, and on a hot day there's usually a lot of problems. The two big problems are: Heat exhaustion-Here, a person sweats excessively and loses the natural balance of salt and water in the body. The person feels faint and weak; the skin feels cold, clamy and is pale. Treat this by having ther person lie down n the shade and relax. Give salt pills and water. Heat stroke-Here, the person doesn't sweat enough and the body temperatura climbs excessively (i.e. often to 106 degrees or more normal is 98.6). The person is faint, nauseaus and has a high pulse; the skin is dry and hot. This s-dangerous. Bring the person's temperature down fast by lying herhim in the shade and dowsing with water. GEt someone f rom the Medical tent to check the person out more fully. Alcohol & Drugs As should be bovious, heat alone can weaken and down out a person greatly. And things like Quaalude or alcohol also are downs. June 18 was the only real hot Sunday concert so far, and the Medical Tent saw a number of poeple carried in who had too much sun and drug. If you're going to get high, miderate the amount according to the temperature-the hottei the day, the less it'll take to get you off If someone seems the prk due to too much sundrug, lie them down in the shade make sure theii bieathVig is normal (about 16 breathes pei minute) and get someone from the Medical tent to take a quick look if you're not sure the person is oday. And is someone has been "sleeping" next to you for a while at the park, :iake sure they are just sleeping and not unconscious. Check breathing ani' try to wake herhim up. If you can't, get help fast. There's a lot that can be said about the drugs g-jing around at the concerts. Some of them are of good quality and some are not. One of them which should be avn s THC. The sunthesii of THC is the most complex and expensive of all the psychedelics. And to keep it from degrading, t must be kept at -19 degrees. These are chem cal facts, and to get real THC on the streets is impossible. Usjally what you get is acid cut with PCPfan animal tr inquilizer). Both at the FacesBadfinger concert and the summer concerts. there have been numerous cases of people who thought they took THC only to find out they took a pretty unpleasant trinquilizer(PCP). Please believe this-the:e is no THC in Ann Arbor. The only other drug related point involves mixing alcohol with practically any drug. Alcohol does not mix well with downs or with speed. Alcohol seems to potentiate (miltiply) the effect of other drugs mixed with it. Respiratory depression is often the outcome. And since many of the drugs which do mix with alcohol (e.g. acid) are cut with things like PCP or speed, alcohol should be avoided thenaswell. A general rule would be don't mix anything (except possibly grass) with alcohol. Cuts-After a long day of dancing and drinking beer or wine, a person tends to forget things like empty bottles and the metal tops to cans. But the glass and metal left around is responsable for a lot of cut feet. If you're into dringking, throw the bottles and cans in the garbage for youi brothers' and sister' sake. And if you should get cut, get t treated at the Med. tent. It's real easy to piek up infections at the Park and it's no hassle to get the cut cleaned out. All of this is basic medical information which can be of help out at the concerts. What's more important is that we all look out for one another-at the concerts, on the streets-cause (jeing a brother or sister is the best help you can give. MEDICAL FACILITIESSUMMER PARKS PROGRAM